“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh
Leadership challenges must be navigated with the compass of humility. Storms happen. Your leadership ability will be tested more by the storms that come your way than by fair weather days. Humility is like a compass to guide you when the storm is raging all around. How you handle the toughest challenges will determine the level of your influence more than anything else. Grace and humility are essential to keep your actions as a leader on the right course in the midst of a storm.
The storms you experience will also affect the people you lead. They will follow your example. Your attitude will set the example for how humble they should be when they face their own storms. Let’s face it; those you lead will experience storms too. Their response to difficulties in their life can be greatly influenced by your example. Leaders are qualified by how well they lead others through a storm.
As a leader, your example will help prepare those you lead to navigate through their storms too. One of the greatest tests of good and godly leadership is in how you treat people around you when they struggle through a storm in their life. This is when your grace and humility have the chance to calm their fears and make it easier for them to ask for help. Here’s what the Apostle Paul has to say about this very issue:
Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. (Galatians 6:1-3 NLT)
Doing this well will bring your influence with others to new heights. However, failing to practice grace and humility will most certainly erode your effectiveness as a leader. You must choose to lead with humility in order to grow in your capacity as a leader and also to help others recover and grow as well.
As a Christian leader, you are in a position to reflect the grace and humility of Jesus Christ to those you lead. Let me encourage you today to navigate the challenge you face with grace and humility. Leaders are like the captain of a ship. You will never be satisfied when you stay in the safety of a harbor. You long for the challenges of the open sea.
As you sail into your day today, guide your decisions with the compass of humility. Be sure to set a good example for your crew. Always be prepared, because the next storm is coming!